New father Mark Teixeira will rejoin Yankees Thursday

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was excused from this week’s two-game series against the Rangers to be with his wife in labor. 

According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Leigh Teixeira gave birth to the couple’s third child on Tuesday — a healthy baby boy named William Charles — and the slugging first baseman is expected to rejoin the Yanks on Thursday when they being a weekend set in Kansas City.

The Yanks fell in extra innings to Texas on Tuesday night and are attempting to salvage the quick series right now.  Lance Berkman has started at first base both nights in Teixeira’s absence.  The trade deadline addition is batting .161/.235/.226 with two extra-base hits and three walks in 34 plate appearances since arriving in New York.